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Fury-Klitschko is off again, Team Fury cites undisclosed medical condition

Fury-Klitschko is off again, Team Fury cites undisclosed medical condition

WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has pulled out of his October 29 rematch against former champ Wladimir Klitschko due to Fury being ...

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Ex-champ Gonzalez destroys Yamamoto in one

Ex-champ Gonzalez destroys Yamamoto in one

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (62-4, 52 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, ...

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Linares dethrones Crolla to claim WBA lightweight world championship

Linares dethrones Crolla to claim WBA lightweight world championship

By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada Three-division world champion and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) won an entertaining twelve round ...

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Kalajdzic stops Peterkin; Lippe-Morrison, Baranchyk, Golub also victorious

Kalajdzic stops Peterkin; Lippe-Morrison, Baranchyk, Golub also victorious

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime Light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (22-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over previously undefeated ...

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Crolla, Linares make weight

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Boxing News

Nava lands headliner role on Jan 28 Zanfer card

Looks like a clash between IBF lightweight champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) and Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) will not be taking place on January 28 at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana as expected. On Monday, it was announced by Zanfer Promotions that “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava (25-4-3, 11 KOs) will headline that card in search of another world championship facing WBA super bantam female titlist Chantall “Fiera” Martínez (15-4-0, 6 KOs). In the co-feature, WBF flyweight champion Felipe Salguero (15-2-1, 10 KOs) will face Carlos “Shangai” Melo (21-13-1, 2 KOs) in a ten-rounder.



January 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Caballero wants unification with Rojas-Gonzalez winner

By Gabriel F. Cordero

After his victory in Japan against Satoshi Hosono on Saturday, Panamanian WBA “regular” featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero says he hopes to take on good opponents. Caballero arrived Monday night in Panama City. “I would like to face the winner of the fight between Mexican WBC champion Johnny Gonzalez and the Dominican world champion in recess Elio Rojas. I had great success [in Japan] thanks to God, my family, Jeff Mayweather, my fans, my manager, my friends and my country,” stated Caballero on Facebook.



January 3rd, 2012


Boxing News

Nelson Mandela’s Daughter Ordered to Pay $7.5 Million Over Ill-Fated Pacquiao Fight

It is being reported by TMZ that Nelson Mandela’s daughter just lost a $7.5 million battle in court — because that’s how much a judge ordered her to pay an L.A. boxing advisor … after she allegedly flaked on a deal to organize a Pacquiao/Mayweather fight. TMZ broke the story … a man identified as Duane Moody sued Nelson’s daughter Zindziswa Mandela for $7.5 million earlier this year — claiming she hired him to organize a Pacquiao/Mayweather bout for her father’s birthday … but ultimately flaked on the deal … and the fight never materialized. The fight was expected to rake in $100 million — and Duane claims Zindziswa promised to pay him a 15% commission on all proceeds … but fell off the radar as he was trying to organize the match. (more…)



January 3rd, 2012

Feature Story

“Border Wars: The Heat Is On” set for January 7th

By John Cannon

Even since he was a teenager, Juan V. Trevino of Weslaco had a dream that one day he would achieve his goal of becoming a boxing promoter. Well, Trevino’s dream will become a reality on January 7th as his faction, Valley Promotions presents “Border Wars: The Heat Is On” at the Casa De Amistad in Harlingen.

“I have been a big boxing fan since I was 14 years old and had visions of one day becoming involved in the sport,” said Trevino. “Originally, I wanted to be a boxer but couldn’t make it happen because I had heart problems and a bad case of asthma as well.” (more…)



January 2nd, 2012


Boxing News

Another tough assignment for Zack Page

By Karl Freitag

38-year-old heavyweight gatekeeper Zack Page (21-37-2, 7 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, will face an undefeated fighter for the eighth consecutive time and 18th time in his career when he meets unbeaten Francesco Pianeta (24-0-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Page has had some success fighting in Germany. Last time he fought there in December 2010, he lost a controversial majority decision to unbeaten Manuel Charr and before that he upset previously unbeaten and highly regarded Sebastian Koeber in this same city almost two years ago to the day. During his career, Page has surprised some “names” such as Kevin McBride, Cisse Salif and former world champ Lou Del Valle. If he can beat Pianeta, it would halt an eight fight losing streak.



January 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

First ESPN2 boxing telecast since August airs Friday

WBC/WBA #9 super middleweight contender “Dangerous” Dyah Ali Davis (20-2-1, 9 KOs), son of 1976 U.S. Olympic Gold medalist Howard Davis, will headline the first ESPN Friday Night Fight broadcast of 2012 against Alfonso “The Tiger” Lopez (22-1, 17 KOs) this Friday night outdoors at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore and ringside analyst Teddy Atlas will return to the January-August series and once again ESPN’s ultra slo-mo camera will be used on select cards. A total of 30 dates are planned for 2012.



January 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

WBF ready to take on Big 4?

The World Boxing Federation has declared themselves to be the most serious contender to challenge the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO after sanctioning 40 bouts in 2011. “We bring sanity back into boxing by not bringing in ridiculous and meaningless titles which no fan really wants or having regional titles with ineligible fighters competing for it, simply to earn a sanction fee,” claims WBF President Howard Goldberg of South Africa. It was also announced that the WBF will introduce a new “Gaelic/Celtic” title. Meanwhile, WBF middleweight champion Karama Nyilawila (13-7-2, 6 KOs) defends his “world” title against Cagri Ermis (12-10-2, 4 KOs) on February 11 in Hamburg, Germany.



January 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

2012 kicks off with three world title fights in the month of January

By Karl Freitag

The first world championship fight card in January 2012 comes on January 14 in Offenburg, Germany when WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) defends his belt against Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). Former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) will also be on that card against Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KOs).

On January 20 at the Palms in Las Vegas, WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos v(20-0, 11 KOs) defends against WBA interim belt holder Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs) in what is probably the most interesting world title fight of the month.

Finally on January 28, IBF lightweight champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) makes the third defense of his belt against Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) at a site to be named in Mexico.

January 28 was also the date scheduled for WBC super lightweight king and future hall of gamer Erik “Terrible” Morales to defend against Danny Garcia in Houston, but that bout was pushed back to March 24 after Morales had to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery the week before Christmas.



January 2nd, 2012

Feature Story

IBF New Year’s Message

By Daryl J. Peoples, IBF President

In 2011 the IBF/USBA experienced a positive growth in membership, activity and popularity. As we welcome in this new year we would like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped make this possible.

First and foremost we congratulate all our champions for their accomplishments in 2011 and wish them continued success in 2012. We thank all of the fighters who participated in fights sanctioned by our organization this year with the desire to keep, or obtain our crown. These fighters gave us many exciting fights in 2011, though there were some difficult moments. Yet, we look forward to what they all will bring to all of us in 2012. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Full Report

Full Report: Ioka-Yodgoen

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6 KOs), 105, easily kept his belt as he quickly polished off Thai challenger and WBC youth titlist Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-1, 4 KOs), 104.25, at 1:38 of the first round on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.

Ioka’s left hook was a haymaker that dropped the Thailander with a thud. The referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines) promptly called a halt with the loser carried out on a stretcher.

Ioka, 22, impressively captured the WBC belt by disposing of previously unbeaten Oleydong Sithsamerchai with a single body shot in agony in the fifth round this February. The Thai challenger Yodgoen, ex-champ Oleydong’s stablemate, was also unbeaten like Ioka and a year his junior at twenty-one. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Full Report

Full Report: Uchiyama-Solis

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), 130, impressively unified the WBA 130-pound belts as he effectively outpunched WBA interim ruler Jorge Solis (40-4-2-1NC, 29 KOs), 130, and finally flattened him with a looping left hook at 0:19 of the eleventh round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.

The referee Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) didn’t bother to count against the stretched loser and promptly declared a stoppage, so it was registered as a TKO victory for Uchiyama by our commission (not a KO win after ten count). Ramirez said afterwards, “You have a good champion.”

Thanks, Roberto. Uchiyama now scored five consecutive stoppages in world title bouts, including his title-winning twelfth round TKO over Juan Carlos Salgado in January 2010. He obviously proved he could punch harder with better precision than Solis.

Before the trick happened, the judges had tallied as follows: Levi Martinez and Rafael Ramos (both US) both 98-92, and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 99-91, all for Uchiyama. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Full Report

Full Report: Caballero-Hosono

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Elongated Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs), 125.25, successfully retained his WBA featherweight belt as he kept battering game but much shorter Japanese Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (21-2, 15 KOs), 126, from all angles and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve furious rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.

The verdict was so lopsided as follows: Roberto Ramrez (Puerto Rico) and Levi Martinez (US) both 119-108, and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 116-111, all for the 5’11” lanky champ. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US).

We hadn’t recently welcomed Panamanian boxers in world title bouts, but when we heard the national anthem of Panama, we couldn’t but remember such annihilations of Ismael Laguna over Guts Ishimatsu, Hilario Zapata over Shigeo Nakajima and Tadashi Tomori, plus Eusebio Pedroza over Royal Kobayashi and Spider Nemoto. When the exceptionally tall champ as a 126-pounder started fighting, he vividly reminded us of such nightmare of the Panamanian domination over our boxers. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Q&A: Jimmy Chaichotchuang

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ray Wheatley

Leading Thailand promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang talks to Fightnews and explains the hardship the people of Thailand have had to endure since they suffered their worst floods in history in October, November and December, and how they will come back successfully in 2012. Chaichotchuang also talks about Manny Pacquaio whom he met in Manila during December and 2012 plans for Fahsai Sakkreerin and Thantong Kiattaweesuk, the world rated boxers he manages and promotes. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Boxing News

WBA New Year’s Message

By WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza

New Year’s eve is the time of the year where all wishes, thoughts and expectations, travel through every corner of our mind. Boxing, good or bad, maintains its individualist atmosphere. It seems like time is still, and all the main players remain in a state of disunity and inequality. Excessive and caustic criticism will never lead to the harmony and comprehension necessary to reach a balance between economic power, fans’ needs, sanctioning body rulings and boxers’ benefits and development. America is the mecca of boxing and the dream for any boxer in the world. To date, the U.S.A. maintains its worldwide sports status.

The WBA had a very active year with a total of 80 championship bouts, including 23 interim and 15 super champion titles. Without any doubt the most criticized topic of the organization. While our goal is to increase boxing popularity and give more opportunities, another sector feels it is a form of adding confusion to the sport. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Feature Story

WBC New Year’s Message

By WBC President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon

We left behind 2011, a year for the whole family full of boxing events that gave a new opportunity to boxing. People say that every year is a new opportunity to realize their dreams and the WBC is immensely pleased with our work and achievements over harvest this year, aware that there are still many things ahead.

Throughout the year we celebrated the birth of some new green and gold champions, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, Jhonny Gonzalez, Erik “Terrible” Morales and others. On the other hand Andre Ward won the super middleweight title, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a world title and Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to win the world welterweight crown. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Interview

Q&A Jacques Deschamps

By Robert Coster
Photos courtesy Jacques Deschamps

Countries of the Caribbean and Central America have produced great boxers in the past and continue to do so in the present. The region is a constant source of new blood and talent for the game of boxing. A question arises at this end of the year: what are the new figures in boxing in the region, what are the problems that confront local promotors and what was the boxing activity in the area in 2011? To answer these queries, Fightnews talked to a knowledgeable source, promoter and manager Jacques Deschamps, a man who has put up boxing shows in Jamaica, Haiti and Panama and has followed the evolution of boxing in the region for more than 35 years. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Feature Story

Year of the Underdog: There were surprises galore in 2011

By Graham Houston

Upsets were the norm in 2011 but often only seemed shocking because the sportsbooks now offer such wide odds on boxers who are generally expected to win. Odds of -1000 (10-1 on) once indicated a prohibitive favourite. Now, however, we are seeing boxers listed at -1400, -1800 and higher in fights that have a competitive look to them (such as Lamont Peterson on home ground in DC against Amir Khan).

It might seem unbelievable that the great Joe Louis was a mere 6-1 on favourite to defeat overmatched Nathan Mann in a heavyweight title fight in 1938. Louis was only 2-1 on to beat Max Schmeling in their rematch. Sporting types who felt sure that Louis was a class above Tony Galento could have wagered on the heavyweight champion at 6-1 on — but they would have had a scare when Two-Ton Tony dropped the Brown Bomber with a left hook. (more…)



December 31st, 2011

Full Report

Full Report: Taylor-Nicklow, Dirrell-Cunningham

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside

Jermain Taylor was on top of the middleweight world some four years ago. Mentioned as one of boxing’s top fighters pound for pound in the world, nothing seemed to stand in the way of Taylor towards stardom. However, in a span of two years and two weight classes, Taylor suffered three brutal knockouts within four losses, leading to the former undisputed middleweight champion to step away from the sport. After a two-year hiatus, Taylor returned to the ring on Friday night, aiming to get back to where he once was in become the top fighter again in the middleweight division. Even if was at the expense of a limited fighter. (more…)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

UFC updates

UFC Arrives On Fuel TV January 1 With A 24-Hour Marathon: Featuring the premiere of UFC Reloaded, which brings you the biggest and most memorable events in UFC history, plus UFC Bad Blood: Liddell vs Ortiz, Ultimate Knockouts and more! All day January 1 on Fuel TV

Who’s Next For JDS? Watch The UFC 141 Replay: Brock Lesnar faced Alistair Overeem in a matchup of epic proportions, and Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone went toe-to-toe in an instant classic!
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For more info on the UFC or UFC 141, visit www.UFC.com



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Brock Lesnar: In and out of the UFC with a bang

Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.

Brock Lesnar came in with a bang.

He went out the same way.

After being throttled by Alistair Overeem in just 2:26, the former UFC heavyweight champion called it a career and publically retired.

UFC president Dana White apparently had no inkling the “Next Big Thing” was thinking about putting his professional fighting days. (more…)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Diaz-Cerrone lives up to the hype at UFC 141

Postfight report by Andreas Hale

The tension between lightweight contenders Nick Diaz and Donald Cerrone had reached a boiling point heading into Friday night’s fight. Usually, when there is this much heat between two fighters, the actual action inside of the cage is barely a fraction of what fight fans anticipate. That certainly wasn’t the case when Nick Diaz and Donald Cerrone engaged in a frantically paced three round brawl that ended with Diaz’ hand raised in victory. (more…)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Uchiyama unifies WBA 130lb belts

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), 130, impressively unified the WBA 130-pound belts as he completely outpunched WBA interim ruler Jorge Solid (40-4-2-1NC, 29 KOs), 130, and finally flattened him with a looping left hook at 0:19 of the eleventh round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Caballero keeps WBA 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Panamanian Celestino Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs), 125.25, successfully kept his WBA feather belt as he battered shorter Japanese Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (21-2, 15 KOs), 126, from all angles and pounded out a unaimous decision (119-108 twice and 116-111) over furious twelve rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Ioka keeps WBC 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6 KOs), 105, easily kept his belt as he quickly polished off Thai challenger and WBC youth titlist Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-1, 4 KOs), 104.25, at 1:38 of the first round on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Ioka’s left hook following a solid combination was a haymaker that dropped the Thailander with a thud. The referee Bruce McTavish promptly called a halt with the loser carried out on a stretcher. (More to come)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Taylor, Dirrell Postfight Quotes

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell made triumphant returns to the ring Friday, both winning by knockout during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., registered an eighth-round knockout over game but outclassed Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs), of Baltimore, Md., in the main event at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs), of Flint, Mich., scored two knockdowns en route a second-round knockout over Darryl Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs), of Detroit, in the co-feature. Taylor was making his first start in 26 months; Dirrell his first in 21. For more details and photos click here…



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Overeem retires Lesnar at UFC 141

A vicious kick to the body by Alistair Overeem dropped Brock Lesnar to a knee nearly midway through the first round of their bout Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and a storm of Overeem right hands ended not only their UFC 141 main event tussle, but also Lesnar’s brief, but spectacular, UFC career . . . Click here for more

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December 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Taylor stops Nicklow, Dirrell destroys Cunningham

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor stopped overmatched Jessie Nicklow in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Fighting for the first time in over two years and showing some signs of when he ruled the 160-pound division, Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) started strong, landing hooks and crosses to the head. Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs) landed the occasional left hook to the head, but was mostly on the defensive. Taylor began to work the body in the fifth round. However, he was deducted a point after the end of the sixth round for throwing and landing a cheap shot to the head of Nicklow. At the beginning of the eighth round, Taylor stunned Nicklow with a left-right combination to the head. As Nicklow backed up against the ropes, Taylor landed two left hooks to the head that were partially blocked. Referee Ray Corona stepped in and stopped the bout at 36 seconds, despite protests from Nicklow.

Fighting for the first time in 21 months, super middleweight contender and original “Super Six” participant Andre Dirrell stopped Daryl Cunningham in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After a tactical first round, Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs) stunned Cunningham with a left hand, eventually dropping him with another left Han to the head. As Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs) was struggling to get up, someone from his corner threw a towel into the ring. Referee Jack Reiss threw it out of the ring, but later asked Cunningham’s corner if they wanted to stop it. After the action resumed, Dirrell dropped Cunningham with a right hook-left cross combination to the head. Cunningham got to his feet, but his corner threw in the towel again. This time, Reiss saw the towel and waved the fight over at 2:05.

In a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights, Cuban-born Luis Garcia won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Alexander Johnson. From the opening bell, the southpaw Johnson (12-1, 5 KOs) was way in over his head, as Garcia consistently beat him to the punch. By the fourth round, Garcia (12-0, 9 KOs) would toy with Johnson, showing little respect as Johnson did very little in the second half of the fight. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Garcia.



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Mayweather Headbutted

By Joe Koizumi

It was on Boxing Day that this reporter visited Teiken gym in the center of Tokyo to see WBA featherweight champ Celestino Caballero training. The lanky Panamanian is handled by his American trainer Jeff Mayweather, who had a cut over the left eyebrow treated with Vaseline-like medicine.

Q: What happened to your eyebrow? Did you street-fight?
A: Oh, no, I got headbutted.

Q: By whom?
A: By Celestino.

Q: When and how?
A: While he’s hitting my mitt, he happened to collide with my head.

Q: Were you training for head-butting?
A: No, no, that’s only an accident.

Jeff Mayweather, the youngest uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., had a sense of humor. Japanese press people asked him about Caballero’s best weapon on the press conference at the gym, and Jeff replied, “A hard head as well as his hard punch.”



December 30th, 2011

Boxing Result

Off-TV Results from Cabazon, Calif.

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside

Highly-decorated lightweight Jose Pedraza stopped tough Herbert Quartey in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. The taller Pedraza (6-0, 5 KOs) was able to work behind a stiff jab an was able to land lead right hands to the head. Quartey (7-7, 4 KOs) had some success landing counter right crosses to the head as he was able to get inside. In the fifth round, Pedraza stunned Quartey with a left hook to the head, and dropped him with a right uppercut to the head. Quartey was able to stand up, but was disoriented, prompting referee Tom Taylor to stop the fight at 1:20.

Junior lightweight Alejandro Luna won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Marcos Herrera. Luna (7-0, 5 KOs) pressed the fight, throwing and landing to the head and body of Herrera. However, Luna would drop his hands, allowing Herrera (6-8-1, 2 KOs) to counter with his own punches to the head. Luna would at times smother himself, which did not allow him to sit down on his punches. Herrera had a point deducted in the fifth round by referee Jack Reiss for having his mouthpiece coming our of his mouth. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Luna.

Junior welterweight Ivan Redkach stopped Dillet Fredericks in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. The southpaw Redkach (9-0, 8 KO’s) repeatedly scored with right hooks and left crosses to the head, while Fredericks attempted to get on the inside to counter. Redkach stunned Fredericks (8-5-3, 5 KOs) with a right hand to the head at the end of the third round. In the fourth round, Redkach stunned Fredericks with a barrage of punches, backing him up against the ropes. Although Fredericks fought back, Redkach continued to punch until referee Tom Taylor stopped the fight somewhat prematurely at 1:58. Fredericks protested the stoppage.

Heavyweight Mike Perez, best known for winning the “Prizefighter International Heavyweights” competition in London, won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over veteran Friday Ahunanya. The Cuban-born southpaw, who now resides in Cork, Ireland, was the more-polished fighter of the two. Perez (18-0, 12 KOs) would consistently beat Ahunanya (24-8-3, 13 KOs) to the punch during most the bout. Ahunanya’s best round was in the fourth as he was able to land a series of right uppercuts to the head of Perez. However, he would only fight in spurts the rest of the fight, allowing Perez to win every round. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Perez, while Fightnews.com scored the bout 99-91 for Perez.



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Ioka to defend WBC 105lb belt today (Saturday)

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (8-0, 5 KOs), a 22-year-old Japanese, will put his title on the line against also unbeaten Thailander Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-0, 4 KOs) today (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. We now have no less than eight male world champs and six female titlists, but Ioka is the youngest and one of the most talented. Kazuto, a nephew of formerly two-class champ Hiroki Ioka (his manager now), captured the WBC belt by disposing of previously unbeaten Oleydong Sithsamerchai with a single body shot in the fifth this February. Ioka, making his second defense, will face Yodgoen, a year his junior at 21, on the last day of the year, along with a couple of WBA title goes in Yokohama.

As Mexican televisions of Televisa and TV Azteca compete every Saturday, Ioka’s defense will be shown by TBS TV from 7:30 pm, while the Yokohama twinbill by TV Tokyo from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm. It’s a battle of TV ratings. (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Feature Story

Andre Ward talks about finest moment

Report and photos by Francisco Salazar

Andre Ward may not be the fastest or the strongest fighter today. He may not be mobbed by thousands, even hundreds of boxing fans if he were to enter into an arena. In the ring, he just gets things done and has been doing so against some of the best fighters in the super middleweight division. Even against fighters numerous boxing experts and writers (including myself) predicted he would lose to. Ward gets things done. Nothing flashy. No highlight-reel endings. Just outthink and outbox his opponents.

Now that he has 25 almost one-sided victories in his pocket throughout his professional career, world title belts, and a shiny Super Six: World Boxing Classic trophy to boot, one would think that Andre Ward expected to be where he currently sits: At or near the top of the 168-pound division. (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Liakhovich aims to win over Philly fans in his bout with local favorite Chambers

Former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich takes on top heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers to open the new NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night on January 21 at Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. Commenting about fighting in his opponent’s backyard, Liakhovich said, “Philadelphia has so much boxing history and true boxing fans. I grew up in a working class city [in his native Belarus], so this feels like going home to me. One of the biggest compliments you can have as a fighter is when you can turn a crowd that comes to support the home town guy into your own fans by the end of the fight. It happened in Pittsburgh when I fought Brewster and I think it will happen again in Philly.”



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Caballero meets Hosono tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi

Elongated Panamanian Celestino Caballero (35-4, 23 KOs) will defend his WBA featherweight belt against Japanese banger Satoshi “Bazooka”Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs) in the first of a twinbill tomorrow (Saturday) inYokohama, Japan. Having watched Caballero training, we wondered why this exceptionally tall champ at 5’11” would be able to make a featherweight limit of 126 pounds. But we actually saw him pass the weigh-in at 125.25, while Hosono at the 126-pound class limit. The 35-year-old Panamanian looked simply skinny and slim enough to make the weight, but his 74” reach may be a great nuisance for Hosono, who is four inches shorter and his reach is also less advantageous by some eight inches. (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Uchiyama faces Solis in Unification Title Bout

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs),Japan, will engage in a highly anticipated unification title bout with WBA interim titlist Jorge Solis (40-3-2-1NC, 29 KOs), Mexico, tomorrow (Saturday) in Yokohama, Japan. The weigh-in ceremony took place this afternoon at the Korakuen Chinese Restaurant, where each tipped the beam at the 130-pound class limit. “I’m in tip-top shape, and will keep my belt,” said Uchiyama, making his fourth defense since dethroning Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado via twelfth round stoppage some two years ago. Solis, 32 as the champ, also expressed his confidence, saying “I’ve got acclimated with the climate here and am well-prepared enough to win the belt and bring it back to Mexico.” (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

It doesn’t get any bigger than this: UFC 141

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

It Doesn’t Get Any Bigger Than This – Lesnar vs Overeem Live TONIGHT: Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon to face former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem! Plus Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone collide in an explosive lightweight matchup! UFC 141 live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV

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UFC Arrives On Fuel TV January 1st With A 24-Hour Marathon: Featuring the premiere of UFC Reloaded, which brings you the biggest and most memorable events in UFC history, plus UFC Bad Blood: Liddell vs Ortiz, Ultimate Knockouts and more! Starting at 12:00 AM ET January 1st on Fuel TV
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